"The opening paragraph of a story is its second strongest statement (the final paragraph is the strongest) and sets the tone for all that follows . . . At the conclusion of a novel the illuminating incident* need only send its ray backward . . . but it should send a long enough shaft to meet the light cast forward from the first page."
*"illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity."
--Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction
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